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Irish Rover Too closes, Beam BBQ opens, Mellow Mushroom turns 1

If you liked Irish Rover Too in LaGrange better than the first on Frankfort Ave., get your wheels rolling soon because it will close Aug. 31.

Co-owner Michael Reidy said he and wife Siobhan accepted an offer on the building, which will become another restaurant named Rails, which refers to the railroad tracks running down the town’s Main Street.

While called the overall experience positive, Reidy said he’s ready to focus on one restaurant again and spend more time with family.

Fred’s Smokehouse, a new barbecue restaurant, has opened on the campus of Jim Beam Distillery in Clermont. If you’ve been to the new American Stillhouse visitors center, which opened last year, it’s right across the lawn.

The BBQ spot is named for Fred Noe, IV, the seventh-generation master distiller and great-grandson of Jim Beam, and a guy who’s an avid ham maker.

Mellow Mushroom in St. Matthews is celebrating its first anniversary on Sept. 2 with a Mellow Olympics event.

According to franchisee Jason Nase, the restaurant will feature half off all draught beers—and they don’t do cheap beer at MM—and half off all build-your-own small, medium and large pizzas that day. Pizza ain’t cheap either, here, so it all sounds like a good deal.

The “Olympic” events will include blind beer tastings, trivia questions, pizza making, pizza eating and people can win cash and MM swag.